What to do in Rio de Janeiro

Places to Visit

Botafogo Praia Shopping

Shopping Center with a mix of shopping, leisure and services. Add breathtaking views of the city's most beautiful postcard and add charm and convenience in a unique setting with a strategic location. With Christ the Redeemer on one side and in front of it the most beautiful panoramic view of the Sugar Loaf, the mall houses 170 stores to meet the needs of the whole family.


Copacabana Street Trade

Perhaps because it concentrates the largest flow of people in Rio, Copacabana has a street trade as popular as the neighborhood itself. From fine jewelry to costume jewelry, Copacabana has it all. And it offers shopping opportunities at very inviting prices.


Copacabana Fort

The Copacabana Fort is located at the tip of Copacabana, at the end of the beach. It currently has a flow of around ten thousand visitors per month. Tourists visit the external areas and the interior of the fort and the Military-Historical Museum. ..


Rudder Fort

Forte do Leme is at the top of Morro do Leme, being one of the old fortresses of Rio de Janeiro. Nowadays this historic site is open for visitors on weekends. As it is located in an area of great natural beauty, surrounded by dense forest and vegetation, the ascent to the fort is also considered an ecological walk.



A neighborhood famous for its bars, restaurants, a buzzing nightlife and also the beautiful coastline that makes up the beach of Ipanema. No wonder this is where Master Tom Jobim decided to parade his famous verses, and surely there is no better definition for Ipanema than beautiful and full of grace.


Botanical Garden

The Botanical Garden, one of the most beautiful and well preserved green areas of the city, is an example of the diversity of Brazilian and foreign flora. It can be seen about 6,500 species (some endangered), spread over an area of 54 hectares, outdoors and in greenhouses.



Inaugurated in 1950, Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho was once considered the largest stadium in the world, a postcard of the city and a true temple of football. It played host to important games, such as the 1950 World Cup final and hundreds of different competitions. Between 2005 and 2006, it was renovated to host the 2007 Pan American Games, making it more modern, comfortable and safe. Maracanã is currently undergoing modernization work for the 2014 World Cup.


Museum of Modern Art - MAM

In addition to its huge collection of about 1,700 works including paintings, sculptures and prints by national and foreign artists, the Museum of Modern Art, founded in 1958, also has a library specializing in arts and a renowned cinematheque, where the most popular exhibitions take place. of the city.


National Historical Museum

Created in 1922, the National Historical Museum consists of 18,000 m² of priceless collection. It is housed in three separate buildings from different eras: the 1762 Train House, the 1822 Royal Armory and the 1835 Annex to the Barracks.


Catete Palace

Part of Brazilian history, Palácio do Catete hosted the Executive Branch from 1897 to 1960, and was the scene of several other historical events, such as the death of President Alfonso Pena, the declaration of war against Germany in the First War. And against the Axis, in World War II, the suicide of President Getúlio Vargas, among many others. From the 70's, it started to house the Museu da República.


Rio de Janeiro Municipal Theater

It draws attention for its architectural design and the beauty of its interior. With a capacity of up to 2,200 people, the Municipal Theater is a true temple of culture, where successful shows and visitors are dazzled by all its grace. To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Municipal, the theater has undergone its most complete renovation to date and looks stunning as if it had been opened this year. It is worth checking.


Horto Waterfall Trail

In the middle of the Tijuca forest, the waterfall garden trail is a short but fun trail. Going up the trail you will see up to three different waterfalls. The last waterfall is only experienced hikers, but don't worry, the trail is perfect for those are looking for an easy to moderate difficulty challenge.

Duration: 20 minutes one way

Difficulty: Easy - Moderate

When to do the trail: Year round, except if it rained in the previous days.

What to bring: Hiking boots, comfortable clothes, sunscreen, bug spray, sarong, bikini / shorts, water ..

Rio de Janeiro: Arriving & Departing

Airlines Gol, Tam, Azul and Avianca offer flights to Rio de Janeiro. Daily flights arrive at Galeão - Antonio Carlos Jobim Airport (20 km from the Center) and Santos Dumont (in the City Center). Accredited taxis are safer than ordinary taxis outside the airport.


EMTU (Airport Bus Service) provides buses departing from Guarulhos airport to Congonhas airport, Praça da República (city downtown), Tietê and Barra Funda bus terminals, Paulista and Augusta hotel circuit and Tatuapé subway station. The ticket costs between R$ 42 and R$ 43,70 reais and you can check the timetable and route time at the company website. They have sales booths at terminals 1 and 2 that work from 6:10 am to 11:10 pm (at terminal 1) and 24/7 (at terminal 2).

Pre-Paid Taxi

Guarucoop is the taxi driver cooperative that holds concession and operates with exclusivity at the airport. They have booths outside the landing terminals of the airport, work with fixed prices and accept all credit cards or money. The service works 24 hours a day and they offer bilingual receptionists and drivers. From the airport to downtown São Paulo you will spend around R$ 200 reais on an approximately 60-minute drive.


Uber has 4 different meeting places, all of them outside the airport:

  • Terminal 1, next to check in A. When outside, look for the Uber plate next to the second car row;
  • Terminal 2, next to check in C;
  • Terminal 2, next do check in D, on the second floor (boarding floor);
  • Terminal 3, next do check in H, on the second floor (boarding floor. When outside look for the Uber plate next to the second car row.

Estimated fares leaving Guarulhos airport:

Avenida Paulista – R$ 50

Itaim – R$ 70

Vila Olímpia – R$ 65

Higienópolis – R$ 45


Please be sure to open and call Uber directly by the application prior to boarding. You can pay it by cash but do not accept if the driver insists on not using the application.

Rental Cars

All major rental car companies are present at the airport. For more information please access the airport website.

Where to Stay

Where to Eat